The New York Giants did not want to let defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins leave in free agency last year.
But with the Indianapolis Colts announcing that they have cut the big defensive tackle as they move to a “Tampa 2” defense, the Giants might just get a second chance.
Colts announced they released defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2018
Hankins played his first four years with the Giants, breaking out in his second season. He was dominant at times as a Giant, ranking in the top 10 among interior defenders as both a pass rusher and run defender before tearing his pectoral muscle in his third season.
The end appeared to be on the horizon for Hankins when the Giants signed Damon Harrison in free agency in 2016, but the two played well together, forming one of the most formidable defensive interiors in the NFL.
The Giants made Hankins a competitive offer last year, but ultimately couldn’t match the Colts’ offer.
The fit appears somewhat tenuous with both Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson on the Giants defensive line as they transition to more of a 3-4 look. However, Hankins has remarkable quickness for a big defensive tackle and played both nose tackle and defensive end in Ohio State’s 3-4 front. A defensive tackle rotation of Hankins, Harrison, and Tomlinson would be a potent counter to the offensive lines in the NFC East.
The Giants are right up against the salary cap, but there are potential cuts which still can be made. If he can scrounge up the cap space, should Dave Gettleman seek a reunion with Big Hank?